Are you in as much disbelief as I am, that it’s June already? What!? How did that happen? Well, we’re here and along with sunshine and cookouts, the summer also brings us great music. These are a few releases that I’m really excited about and are perfect soundtracks to pair with the warm weather.
Chancha Via Circuito – Bienaventuranza
The last several years has seen an emergence of Latin & South American producers mixing folk and traditional music with electronic beats. These sounds have become ubiquitous in places like Tulum and Burning Man within the last 10 years. One of the pioneers of this movement is Pedro Canale, better known as Chancha Via Circuito. I’ve been a big big fan and long-time supporter of this Argentinian producer. Chancha seamlessly blends cambia, dancehall, tango, with house and Andean Folk music; creating an infectious sound that puts the listener in a trans-like state. His latest album, Bienaventuranza is out today. A couple of my favorite tracks are “IIaló” & “Alegría”. Check out the visuals for both.
The Internet – “Come Over”
I’m so excited about the return of LA’s The Internet. A couple of months ago they dropped the first single from their upcoming album, “Roll (Burbank Funk)“. Which is a great bassline-heavy track with a groove that grabs you and doesn’t let go. Their second single, “Come Over” finds Syd’s silky vocals over a smooth beat-driven jam with Steve Lacy’s guitar sounding like classic Isley Brothers’. If you dig 90s R&B, then you’ll like this.
Yep. Your eyes are not deceiving you. Luther Vandross 🙂 The Midnight Hour is a new project from Ali Shaheed Muhammad (from A Tribe Called Quest) and Adrian Younge. Younge is a producer known for his soulful, melodic compositions that are heavy with string arrangements. His sound is often compared to Isaac Hayes, Barry White, and Charles Stepney. The two have worked together before, most notably on the soundtrack to the Marvel series “Luke Cage”. Muhammad describes the inspiration behind the song resulting from a “passing conversation which prompted Sony Legacy to invite us to meet with the members of Luther’s estate.” During that meeting the “question was posed, if one could reimagine Luther’s music in 2018 what would it sound like?” Well, we got our answer. By the way, Muhammad & Younge have also teased a larger project with the estate and Spotify. So be on the lookout for that. In the meantime, enjoy “So Amazing”. The Midnight Hour’s self-titled album is out today.
(The Internet photo: Roger Kisby, Chancha Via Circuito: Pedro Quintans)